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September 6, 2009

Med Students Are Also Teachers

I distinctly remember the first day of my surgery rotation. Actually, it was a night call.  It was my first real rotation at a busy urban hospital. I knew nothing about how the hospital worked, or how to find information about patients. I didn't know how to perform a focused physical exam or take a quick patient history (I only knew the 2-hour long classroom version). As I sat in surgery rounds with other students (who were way more experienced) and residents, I felt like a complete idiot. I remember the surgery resident saying something like "your patient is a 29 y/o female, s/p lap chole, POD #3, on Maxi 2 IVPB, tolerating liquid, post-op H&...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

September 5, 2009

Dealing with Change Constantly

Last week a third year student I'd met in the Mindfulness and Meditation class called me to talk about how I'd gotten through third year. She said I was the only one she'd heard say it was hard. For most people, getting out of the classroom and onto the floors is a huge relief, bu...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

September 5, 2009

Facebook and Tobacco

I think most of us have clicked the "Become a fan" or "Join Group" button on Facebook or other social networking websites. Most of those groups you joined probably have silly names or you became a fan of Brad Pitt. However, do you know you can actually join groups like

Posted By: Eric Tam  

September 2, 2009

If I wasn't going to be a doctor...

Exam week has an uncanny way of inspiring thoughts and spurring conversations about the following question: “If I weren’t going to be a doctor and could do anything else, success guaranteed, what would I do?”

Personally, I would open a gourmet bakeshop...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

September 1, 2009

See You on the Floors

Thomas Robey -- This is my last post at The Differential; it is partly an old man giving advice and partly an expression of gratitude. Now that I'm a resident, it is harder for me to find time enough to write anything that is suitable for the p...

Posted By: Christine Wiebe  

August 31, 2009

The trouble with teenagers...

"...is that they can get pregnant."

Those were the immortal words of my GP instructor this week, along with other nuggets of 'wisdom' (some less PC than the rest, it has to be said!). This actually is a sentiment shared by many family doctors, pra...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

August 31, 2009

Spend Your Money and Time Wisely

A recent article in the Boston Globe on one of my favorite topics, positive pscyhology, is a virtual primer on how to spend mo...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

August 30, 2009

Help! How Can I Get an Emergency Medicine Residency?

I just finished a two week elective in emergency medicine.  All I can say is WOW, I am in love.  I really wish I had opted to do a four week elective instead. I loved everything about working in the ED: the fast-paced environment, the variety of cases, the 12-hour night ...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

August 29, 2009

Brain Drain

I was telling someone that I want to do my residency in the states. He was very nice and gave me a lot of constructive comments. However, he also reminded me that I have a moral obligation to serve the people of Hong Kong, especially when the government subsidized my medical training su...

Posted By: Eric Tam  

August 29, 2009

Ode to Vitamin I

Relax, my fellow medical students. You can stop going through your mental checklist of water and fat-soluble vitamins now. My pharmacology professor simply expressed his love for ibuprofen by giving it this endearing nickname and saying, “I take my Vitamin I everyday.”...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

 
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